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Safeguarding

Plymouth CAST Safeguarding Contact

Mr Kevin Butlin

Director of Education, responsible for Trust Safeguarding

Kevin.Butlin@plymouthcast.org.uk

For all other safeguarding enquiries, please contact:

E: Safeguarding@plymouthcast.org.uk

Safeguarding children is the number one priority at Plymouth CAST. The Trust is committed to building a collective and open culture within all Plymouth CAST schools and the Trust itself. Effective safeguarding arrangements can only be achieved when this commitment is shared with all leaders, staff, volunteers and linked agencies in schools. It starts by ensuring staff and stakeholders receive the correct training which leads to an open awareness and consciousness of the needs of the children in our schools.

 

The children are our primary responsibility. Safeguarding them effectively will ensure they grow and prosper throughout their lives because they have been nurtured to be active, caring and self-aware members of the community. To achieve this outcome, children have to be surrounded by people who understand them and stay alert to their wellbeing and changing needs as they grow up in our schools and their communities.


“No single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances. If children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.”

 

Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019)


 

Taking collective responsibility for children’s safety within a culture of open and transparent working, is, therefore, paramount. Every person that works or volunteers in a school must be clear about what to do if they have a concern, who they can talk to and what happens when concerns are passed onto leaders within an institution. No-one should feel unable to share a concern, however minor, or whoever the concern relates to. Sometimes it is the smallest of things that once reported complete a bigger picture for a child or family. Everyone has a part to play in safeguarding children.
 
Safeguarding Resources for Schools
 
Safeguarding Links for Schools
 
Click on the links below to visit useful safeguarding external agency websites.